JC Chandor Deepwater Horizon

You’d think the harrowing drama of his All Is Lost would make anyone think twice about venturing back into the sea, but director J.C. Chandor isn’t scared. He’s now in talks to direct Deepwater Horizon, about the real-life oil rig of the same name. Its explosion in 2010 caused the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Get all the details on the project after the jump.

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We’ve spoken often of how the best thing about awards season is that filmmakers are given the chance to talk at length about their films, and not merely on their own, but with each other. THR had a long set of video roundtables late last year featuring many people responsible for some of 2013′s best films, and now the LA Times site The Envelope is getting in on the action.

The director’s roundtable from the outlet features   Spike Jonze (Her), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks), J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost), Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said) and Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), with the crew of directors talking about their early inspirations, reacting to criticism, luck, failure, casting, and far more. Read More »

Vince Lombardi

The National Football League is known for a slew of iconic names, but only one has his name on the championship trophy. When a team wins the Super Bowl, they received the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named after the legendary and innovative coach of the Green Bay Packers. Lombardi coached the Packers from 1959-1967, a run during which they won both the first and second Super Bowls.

Now, writer/director J.C. Chandor (All is Lost, Margin Call) has been hired by Legendary Pictures to write and potentially direct a film based on the most celebrated coach in NFL history. Read More »

All Is Lost / Walter Mitty

Along with dropping temperatures and changing leaves, one hallmark of the summer-to-fall transition is the gradual replacement of action-movie tentpoles with awards season hopefuls at the multiplex. With Labor Day weekend just around the corner, the first posters have dropped for two Oscar contenders coming to theaters in the cooler months.

The first poster, for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, features director/star Ben Stiller literally walking on air, while the one for J.C. Chandor‘s survival drama All Is Lost drags Robert Redford down into the water. Check them out after the jump.

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We don’t see a lot of actors doing solo pieces on film. It takes guts to be the only person projected on a screen for 90 minutes. But in All Is Lost, Robert Redford plays a sailor whose boat collides with an abandoned shipping container, wounding his ship and setting him up for a very difficult time at sea. Redford is the only person in the film, so no one can hear him when he screams the one line in the trailer: “help!”

The film comes from J.C. Chandor, who made Margin Call, and this first trailer makes it out to be very effective, if quietly so. All the splashy review comments from the film’s Cannes debut certainly insist that we watch this. After looking at the trailer a couple times I’m inclined to agree.  Read More »

Briefly: There is some diversity of opinion out there about Margin Call, this year’s feature debut from J.C. Chandor. But he’s landing on some critics list as ‘best debut director,’ and now he’s set up another film. The new project is called All is Lost, and it is a sort of wilderness adventure film — “a man vs. nature drama that takes place on the water.”

Deadline reports that one of the comparisons the script is drawing is to the 1972 film Jeremiah Johnson, which starred Robert Redford as a guy trying to live a lone frontier life. Perhaps that’s because Chandor wrote the movie with Redford in mind, and the actor is now in talks to star in the one man show. (The title makes me think of a sort of adventure companion to Margin Call — an after the collapse sort of survival tale.) Sadly we don’t have any more plot details, and searching through interviews with Chandor over the past year I haven’t yet come up with any quotes to offer insight into the film. But if things go well it will shoot in May, perhaps partially in the studio/tank where Titanic and Pearl Harbor were shot.

‘Margin Call’ Trailer

One of the top 10 screenplays listed on The Black List this year was a script by JC Chandor titled Margin Call.

While I often refer to The Black List as a annual list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, that isn’t actually the case — the list is compiled with a poll of 300 development executives and high-level assistants, and contains a ranking of the hot screenplays making the rounds in Hollywoodland, which were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2010 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. Basically, the black list contains the hottest projects in Hollywood that you haven’t heard of yet. Some of the screenplays have been acquired and some are even in production. Margin Call was actually in the can before the list was even released.

“Based on true events,” the film chronicles the final twenty-four hours of Lehman Brothers. Chandor directed the film, which stars Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, and Demi Moore. I always love dramatic thrillers set in an isolated amount of time or one location, and this film seems to fit both categories. Although /Film’s own David Chen seemed to hate the movie, calling it “A Movie About The Financial Disaster That’s a Cinematic Disaster” when the movie premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Watch a trailer for Margin Call embedded after the jump.

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At the end of this first weekend of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival there have been two major buys. One was made by Paramount for Like Crazy, one of the most-praised films at the fest so far. (Look for our review tomorrow morning.) And on the other side of the spectrum, LionsGate and Roadside Attractions have teamed up to buy J.C. Chandor‘s debut feature Margin Call, which has garnered some of the poorer reviews of the fest. Read More »

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